Chapter News

2023 Resident and Medical Student Day Doctors Dilemma and Abstract Competition Winners!

(May 2023) The Michigan Chapter ACP would like to acknowledge the winning abstracts from our Residents and Medical Students, as well as the winning Doctors Dilemma teams. Congratulations! All winning teams and individuals are invited to join us at the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting on October 19-22, 2023 at Shanty Creek Resort. Please see below for the list of winners. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Medical Student Clinical Poster Winners:

  • 1st Place Clinical Poster: Cameron Quon, Western Michigan University School of Medicine - "A case of acquired von Willebrand syndrome secondary to primary amyloidosis presenting as an intraabdominal bleed"
  • 2nd Place Clinical Poster: Sarah Kelly, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit - "Acute suppurative parotitis and sepsis following endoscopy in a patient with end-stage liver disease and hepatorenal syndrome"
  • 3rd Place Clinical Poster: Katie Foug, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor - "Progressive Vision Changes in Young Patient: Screen for Syphilis"

Medical Student Research Poster Winners:

  • 1st Place Research Poster: Joshua France, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine - "The impact of cardioversion patch placement on outcome of cardioversion in atrial fibrillation”
  • 2nd Place Research Poster: Ho Jun Yun, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit - "Neuroprotective Effects of Montelukast In Cerebral Ischemia Via Microglia Polarization"
  • 3rd Place Research Poster: Sadie Ellenson, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant - "Language Speaks | Assessing student perceptions of language and attitudes within addiction."

Medical Student Overall Winner - Quality Improvement:

  • Madelyn Orndorff, Michigan State College of Human Medicine - "Differences in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiation Across Various Primary Care Specialties"

Resident Clinical Poster Winners:

  • 1st Place Clinical Poster: Dr. Christian Wiscombe, Beaumont Health Royal Oak Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital - "Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy Refractory To Glucocorticoid Treatment"
  • 2nd Place Clinical Poster: Dr. Mariam Aoun, Beaumont Health Royal Oak Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital - "Anti-MAG Peripheral Neuropathy in a Patient with CLL: A Case Report and Literature Review"
  • 3rd Place Clinical Poser: Dr. Faryal Shaikh, Henry Ford Macomb - "The Duodenum, An Unlikely Location for an IVC Filter"

Resident Clinical Oral Winners:

  • 1st Place Clinical Oral: Dr. Kyle Sugg, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University - "Mind the MCV: A Case of Hepatic Cirrhosis Resulting from Undiagnosed Beta-Thalassemia Minor"
  • 2nd Place Clinical Oral: Dr. Yash Shah, Trinity Health Oakland/Wayne State University - "It is Time to Fear the Fungi; A Rare Case of Bilateral Renal Fungal Bezoar"
  • 3rd Place Clinical Oral: Dr. Ralph Akiki, Beaumont Health Royal Oak Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital - "Tropheryma Whipplei Endocarditis Presenting as Valvulopathy and Multiple Septic Emboli"

Resident Research Oral Winners:

  • 1st Place Research Oral: Dr. Ankita Badhwar, Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital - "CHF outcomes in geographically distributed patients vs patients placed on different floors in relation to the primary team"
  • 2nd Place Research Oral: Dr. Calvin Ghimire, McLaren Flint - "Gender-based differences in incidence-based mortality and survival analysis of Gastric carcinoma: A SEER-based study"
  • 3rd Place Research Oral: Dr. Ziad Rafe Affas, Henry Ford Hospital Macomb - "Rilonacept and Anakinra in Recurrent Pericarditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis"

Resident CQI/EBM Overall Winner:

  • Dr. Olawale Olanisa, Trinity Health Grand Rapids - "Does your patient need Telemetry? An inpatient quality initiative to increase appropriate use of continuous cardiac monitoring"

Doctors Dilemma Winning Teams

  • Ascension Providence Hospital
  • Central Michigan University
  • Henry Ford Hospital Macomb
  • McLaren Flint
  • Trinity Health Grand Rapids

Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(March 2023) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

Rehan Ansari, MD FACP

Hunter Mwansa, MBBS FACP

Jody L Banister, MD FACP

Suvarna N Bhat, MD FACP

Florian A Bukovec, MD FACP

Srinivas R Gatla, MD FACP

Paritharsh Ghantasala, MD FACP

Amanda M K Godfrey, MD FACP

Kristin L Hollander, DO FACP

Borys Hrinczenko, MD FACP

Bryan E Hull, MD FACP

Paul S Kim, MD FACP

Cheryl S Loubert, MD FACP

Nicholas J Maddens, MD FACP

Subhashis Mitra, MBBS FACP

Melissa H Olken, FHM MD PhD FACP

Mohammad Saleh, MD FACP

Barbara C Soyster, MD FACP

Richa Tikaria, MBBS FACP

Danielle Waggoner, MD FACP

Hani M Saad, MD FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!

Chapter Speakers at Internal Medicine Meeting 2023

(March 2023) We would like to draw your attention to our Internal Medicine Meeting 2023 local speakers.

Kevin Flaherty Pinckney Michigan Meet the Professor Interstitial Lung Diseases: What's New Thursday, April 27, 2023
Lisa Harris Ann Arbor Michigan Panel Providing Women’s Healthcare in a Post-Dobbs America: What Internal Medicine Needs to Know Friday, April 28, 2023
Lalathaksha Kumbar Troy Michigan Meet the Professor Secondary Hypertension: Tips in Diagnosis and Management Saturday, April 29, 2023
Patrick Nana-Sinkam Ann Arbor Michigan Clinical Triad Clinical Triad: Advances in Cancer Screening: Breast, Colon, Lung Thursday, April 27, 2023

If you’re attending IMM23, please join us at Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin Chapters Reception—6:00-7:00 p.m., Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marriott Grand Ballroom, Section 9.

Member Feedback is Requested on Spring 2023 Resolutions

(March 2023) Fourteen (14) resolutions will be considered at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting. Please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by the deadline your ACP Chapter Governor has requested or by March 22, whichever comes first.

Your comments will be forwarded to the Chapter Governor to be used as part of their testimony on behalf of the chapter. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at Thank you for your input.

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations. Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)

Call for Fall 2023 Resolutions

(February 2023) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The just released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval to move resolutions forward to ACP national is required. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting is March 30, 2023.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

Michigan Chapter of the American College of Physicians Call for 2023 Award Nominations

(January 2023) The Michigan Chapter ACP believes that it is important to recognize and honor distinguished internal medicine physicians and colleagues for their teaching, research, service and leadership accomplishments through our 2023 Michigan Chapter ACP Awards. The Awards Committee requests your assistance in recognizing these individuals. Please refer to the information below for the details of each award and please consider nominating a deserving colleague.

  • You nominate only one candidate for each of the seven awards
  • Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Winners will be notified in July and invited to attend the Awards Luncheon at the 2023 MI-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Please review the 2022 awards booklet to view past award winners
  • Please click the link to view details for each award and to fill out an awards form.

If you have any questions, please contact MI-ACP Staff, Veronica DeMore


Board of Regents Action on Fall 2022 BOG Resolutions

(November 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.

Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(November 2022) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

  • Ghaith Alhatemi, MBCHB
  • Afnan T Ammar, MBBS
  • Ana M Capatina-Rata, MD
  • Neesha R Griffin-Berry, MD
  • Matthew Sczepanski, DO
  • Anita V Amin, MD
  • Peter R Handley, MD
  • Ujwala Koduru, MD
  • Andrew Read, MD
  • Reena J Salgia, MD


Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!

Congratulations Ariel A. Jordan, MD on being awarded Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award

(October 2022) We are excited to share that the [Mastership/Awards] Committee and the Board of Regents have approved Ariel A. Jordan, MD to receive an award recognition during the 2023 Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, California.

The award recognizes a Resident/Fellow member of the College who has demonstrated qualities that exemplify the College’s mission “to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.”

Congratulations Patrick C. Alguire, MD, MACP on being awarded Mastership

(October 2022) We are excited to share that the [Mastership/Awards] Committee and the Board of Regents have approved Patrick C. Alguire, MD, MACP to receive Mastership during the 2023 Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, California.

ACP Bylaws state that MACPs shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, impact in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” MACPs must be highly accomplished persons demonstrating impact in practice, leadership, or in medical research. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as renown within their field and/or ACP chapter, research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, administrative positions, care of patients, and service to their community.

One of the goals of the American College of Physicians is to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” As a way of achieving this goal, the College offers 21 awards and a number of Masterships each year. Annually, awardees and MACPs are honored at the Convocation ceremony held during the Internal Medicine meeting.

Chapter Excellence Award – Silver Winner

(September 2022) I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Silver Level of the 2022 Chapter Excellence Award! Only 14 chapters received the Silver Award. The award recognizes chapters that achieve excellence in chapter management. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty Bronze criteria and seventeen Silver criteria. Criteria include such activities as undertaking efforts to increase advocacy efforts, collaborating with stakeholders to increase visibility of the ACP, holding competitions for members, providing chapter financial reports to members, having Medical Student and Resident/Fellow members on the Governor's Advisory council, retaining transitional and unpaid members, giving awards to chapter members. I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here